The UW recently earned the number-two spot on U.S. News and World Report's list of top printmaking programs, but its reputation for papermaking, book binding, screenprinting and related endeavors has been growing since the founding of Tandem Press in 1987.
One of only three professional presses affiliated with an American university, Tandem is a creative laboratory where working artists produce new editions of prints and interact with UW art students. Tandem prints can be found in some of the world's most famous art museums, including the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
Many renowned artists have made prints at Tandem, including Judy Pfaff, Suzanne Caporael, Robert Cottingham, Nicola López and Sean Scully. Work by all five of these printmakers will be featured at the Chazen Museum's new Tandem Press: Twenty-Five Years, which runs Dec. 8-Feb. 3. A reception with a lecture by Tandem Press director Paula McCarthy Panczenko and live jazz by the Stellanovas will take place Thursday, Dec. 13, beginning at 5:15 p.m.
A print symposium will accompany the exhibition on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1. Here, visitors can attend lectures by leading curators, critics and academics, including Faye Hirsch, senior editor of Art in America; Joann Moser, senior curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum; and Bill Weege, the retired UW art professor who launched Tandem Press.